Outstanding job prospects, a professional work environment, advancement opportunities—the benefits of a medical assisting career are clear. With the health care industry continuing to expand, medical facilities throughout the country are in need of knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate medical assistants. Medical assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties. Whether it’s answering the phone, scheduling patients, drawing blood work, or assisting the physician with complicated procedures, medical assistants keep the office pace smooth and steady while wearing many different hats. Medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the doctor’s office and often explain the physician’s instructions. If you have good communication skills and are often appreciated for your caring manner, then you might be well suited for a career in medical assisting. QVCC’s Medical Assisting program includes a clinical externship designed to give you comprehensive real-world work experience.
|Medical Assisting||AS Degree||63 credits|
|COM * 171 or 173 or 176||Communications Course|
|MAT* 137 or 186||Intermediate Algebra or Precalculus|
|BIO* 121||General Biology|
|BIO* 211 and 212||Anatomy and Physiology I & II|
|HLT* 111||Basic Life Support|
|CSA* 105||Intro to Software Applications|
|MED* 111||Administrative Medical Assisting|
|MED* 112||Medical Insurance and Billing|
|MED* 125||Medical Terminology|
|MED* 131||Clinical Medical Assisting|
|HLT* 170||Law & Ethics for the Health Care Professional|
|MED* 216||Electronic Medical Records Management|
|MED* 245||Clinical Laboratory Procedures|
|MED* 250||Principles of Pharmacology|
|MED* 280||Medical Assisting Practicum|
|Social Science Elective|
The QVCC medical assisting program, based on their annual report form required by the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board, has a 5 year job placement rate of 93% and a certification exam passing rate of 91%.
Medical assistants work in hospitals, clinics, outpatient care centers, nursing and residential care facilities, and the offices of physicians and other health care practitioners. The job involves constant interaction with people and expert multi-tasking skills.
According to the Department of Labor, a career as a medical assistant is a stable one. Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing fields in the medical industry, and employment is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients. In 2006, there were 417,000 medical assistants in the U.S. work force, but that number is expected to rise to 565,000 by 2016, representing a 35 percent increase.
Medical assistants are in especially high demand in clinics and group practices, where there is a strong need for individuals with both clerical and clinical skills. The best jobs and chances for advancement within the field will be reserved for certified medical assistants (CMAs). A CMA is an assistant who has graduated from an accredited program and passed a certification exam. The exam may be taken as soon as you graduate and will really help in the long run. Employers prefer to hire medical assistants who have proven their skills and qualifications by earning CMA certification.
Professor of Medical Assisting & Program Coordinator
Professor of Allied Health